Extra Curricular & Trips

Learning should not be limited to the classroom. Learning outside of the classroom helps pupils to develop their enthusiasm for the subject, personal confidence and relationships with their classmates and their teachers. Extra-curricular trips are used to reinforce both the pastoral and academic provision at Arnold Lodge.

Learning at Arnold Lodge School extends well beyond the classroom. We take our pupils out into the real world whenever possible to help them experience the curriculum in a tangible way and to support their growing independence and self-confidence. Life in our Senior School is enhanced through a diverse range of clubs, trips and expeditions held throughout the year. Every year group in the Senior School will have one residential trip a year to look forward to alongside a number of day trips. This year the senior school residential's will run in the same week to minimise teaching disruption.

Extra-curricular clubs run during lunch times and a range of clubs run from 4.00pm to 5:00pm each day.

Establish independence

From a day trip to the Houses of Parliament or Kenilworth Castle or camping in Poole, pupils are able to establish their independence and learn about what interests them in a safe environment away from home. Excursions such as hiking in Iceland or trips to the First World War Battlefields support learning from the classroom and fuel our pupils passions for the future.

These are some of the trips our pupils have been lucky enough to go on:

  • Years 7 & 8: ‘Paris in Winter’ (Christmas markets in Arras, culture in Paris and a trip to Disneyland!)
  • Year 8: Camping Trip to Poole
  • Years 9 & 10: The Battlefields Trip (Ypres & the Somme)
  • Years 11 & 12: Berlin Trip
  • Year 13: Rome
Sporting trips

Regular trips are arranged to watch professional sports people competing on the biggest stages. Recent outings have included the All England Badminton Finals, British Basketball League Finals and Wimbledon tennis. Our pupils have also performed the guard of honour for Leicester Tigers Rugby Club.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is extremely popular, with pupils from Year 9 working to gain awards. For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh programme, please contact Mr Gear (tgear@arnoldlodge.com).

Variety of clubs

We run an exciting range of clubs and societies to encourage children to try new things, share their passions with others and to make the most of opportunities. We aim to expose children to as many new experiences as possible, allowing them to explore their likes and dislikes.  With lunchtime and afterschool clubs – from senior chefs to horse riding, school newspaper to stage comabt, choir singing to ultimate frisbee and karate to chess – the only complaint is that there is not enough time in the day.

If your child has an interest that you don’t think we cater for, we will do our best to set it up. Most clubs can be accessed free of charge, or for a nominal fee to cover the cost of materials. There is only an extra charge if a specialist outside instructor is brought in. 

Please see this terms ExEn timetable here


Academy of Dance

Our Academy of Dance is popular, with many of the school taking part in extra-curricular dance classes. From Reception to Sixth Form, classes are offered in ballet, tap, street, disco and more. Pupils study for examinations following the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) syllabus and enjoy showcasing their talents at some our assemblys.